If you are a card-carrying member of Buckeye Nation, you undoubtedly remember last season’s basketball manhandling of the Duke Blue Devils. The Schottenstein Center sounded as if it was hosting a rock concert, and ESPN was there to televise Ohio State’s message to the rest of the nation.
The Buckeyes were going to be a force to be reckoned with, and they wanted everyone to know it.
It’s games like last year’s Duke contest that help define a season—those marquee games that everyone is watching that can set the tone for what’s to come. While it wasn't smooth sailing all year, Ohio State reached the Final Four behind some of the momentum and confidence it seized with this early victory.
The Buckeyes’ 2012-13 schedule is loaded with prominent games that will go a long way towards dictating the overall level of success. Here are five must-win games for Ohio State if Thad Matta hopes to match last year’s accolades.